Rory McIlroy will have a new caddie on his bag at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational this week after ending his nine-year relationship with his caddie JP Fitzgerald. There has been no official statement from McIlroy’s management company yet but reports say he will have a press conference later today at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. McIlroy, who won his last major at the 2014 U.S. PGA Championship, employed Fitzgerald in 2008 shortly after turning professional. The pair enjoyed a brilliantly successful partnership as McIlroy took over from Tiger Woods as the game’s dominant force and became world number one. The sacking of Fitzgerald has come as a surprise to many in the golfing circles as quite often McIlroy has lavished praised on his caddie for his success. “He has taken me from 200 in the world to major champion,” McIlroy had said of Fitzgerald back in 2011.
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